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Brief commentary: are we ready?
  1. Robert Winter
  1. Major Trauma Centre, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Robert Winter, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK; bob.winter{at}

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The authors of this paper have repeated the same methodology in assessing registrars’ awareness of and knowledge of their hospital’s major incident plan, 12 years apart. Once just after the 7/7 London bombings1 and then again after a series of major incidents including the Manchester Arena bombing and the Grenfell Tower fire.2

On both occasions, they have found that only roughly half had read all or part of their hospital’s plan. Under half …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests RW is the previous national clinical director for Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response with NHS England, a former president of the Intensive Care Society, a board member of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and currently major trauma consultant at QMC Nottingham.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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